Nira Chive Chicken Stir Fry

Every once in a while I like to pick up a brand new to me ingredient at the grocery store. My local grocery store has been pretty good lately about offering some ingredients I’ve never used before. Take the nira chive. I’d never even heard of it before, but the bunch was way too pretty to pass up. I got it home, did some research about what it was and came up with this crowd pleasing Nira Chive Chicken Stir Fry.

So in case you don’t know, like I didn’t know, nira chives are also known as garlic chives or Chinese leek and are popular in Asian cuisines. During my search I found that they are sold in bunches. Some look like long blades of grass and others have a little bulb at the end. The kind I picked up had the little bulb at the end.

So what do you do with a nira chive bunch? First of all, you’re going to want to use them within a few days of buying. Second, these babies are PUNGENT. I stored them in the refrigerator and whenever I opened it, lets just say, I could tell they were there. Pungentness aside, I will say that nira chives are likely going to be something that I buy whenever I see them pop up in the store.

When you decide you want to cook with them, treat them just like you would any other chive. Chop them up and add them to stuff. It seems to be common to add them to eggs. You can also stir fry them all by themselves as a side dish. I decided to make more of a meal with it though and make this Nira Chive Chicken Stir Fry. It was quick, easy and perfect for weeknights.

This Nira Chive Chicken Stir Fry is quick, easy and perfect for weeknight dinners.

I did notice that when making these, the bottom end was kind of woody and tough. For that reason, I’d recommend trimming off the bottom couple inches. Other than that, you don’t need to do any prep. I even left the bulbs on the bunch that I bought and they were scrumptious!

Now that I have found this lovely new to me ingredient, I can’t wait to try cooking with it some more. I’m thinking we’ll try the egg route next. Have you ever cooked with Nira Chives? Do you have any suggestions?

This Nira Chive Chicken Stir Fry is quick, easy and perfect for weeknight dinners.

Nira Chive Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 6 thighs) cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons black vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon avocado (or canola) oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 cups chopped Nira Chives



Combine chicken, soy sauce, black vinegar, sesame seeds and fish sauce together in a bowl. Mix well. Let set for 20 minutes.


Heat avocado oil in a large skillet or walk over medium high heat.


Once hot add in chicken and marinade. Cook until chicken is browned and cooked through 5 - 7 minutes. Sprinkle corn starch over the top. Cook until it starts to thicken. Add in chicken broth and mix well. Sauce will start to thicken.


Add in nira chives and cook until they wilt, 2 - 3 minutes. Serve over rice or quinoa.



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  • Reply
    April 26, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Great easy weeknight dinner for us!

  • Reply
    Ginny McMeans
    April 25, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    You got a new one on me. Black vinegar! I’ve got garlic chives growing in my yard so I’ve got that covered. Thanks!

  • Reply
    Marla Meridith
    April 25, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    I’ll now be on the hunt for Nira Chives too! This recipe looks wonderful!!

  • Reply
    April 25, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    I love chives in anything so I can’t wait to try this particular variety out. This stir fry looks perfect!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes...
    April 25, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I need to find nira chives now! And black vinegar, because I am not sure I have tried that before. But we LOVE stir fries!

  • Reply
    April 25, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Perfect weeknight meal! Looks tasty!

  • Reply
    Justine@Cooking and Beer
    April 25, 2016 at 9:31 am

    I wish I had this dish for dinner tonight! You can’t go wrong with good stir fry!

  • Reply
    Bintu | Recipes from a Pantry
    April 25, 2016 at 9:29 am

    We love Chinese around here, especially when we can make it ourselves. This looks amazing!

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